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At Covenant House Georgia (CHGA), we are much more than a shelter. We provide more than a bed and a meal for youth experiencing homelessness and escaping trafficking; we show unconditional love and give comprehensive support so that our youth can and will realize their fullest potential.
Our interactions with our youth communicate our values. Teaching them how to have caring/loving relationships based on acceptance and understanding, honesty and integrity, trust and respect may be something no one has ever taken the time to do. Street values of lying, cheating, and stealing may be common survival tools on the street, but they don’t belong here.
Chaos is what our youth know. A solid structure allows us to help them begin to regain control. Some of our youth don’t know where they will get their next meal or where they will
sleep. We provide a regular schedule that gives them the stability they need to start building their future.
Our youth come to us in crisis. Immediately and without question, we meet their basic human needs – a hot meal, a shower, clean clothes, a bed, medical attention, and a safe place away from the dangers of the street.
A place of refuge; a sacred space. The youth who come to us are often frightened and mistrustful. Many of them have been abused. We protect them from the perils of the street. A young person can grow only when they feel safe and secure.
Young people often feel powerless to control their lives and fall into a self-defeating cycle of failure. Choice is about helping our youth believe in themselves and their ability to make life changing choices about who they want to be in this world.
Over the last 40 years, Covenant House has grown from a single-apartment unit to an international authority on the issues surrounding youth experiencing homelessness and escaping trafficking. In that time, our mission has not changed, nor has our commitment to serving youth. What has changed is our size and scope. Spanning 6 countries and 30 cities, Covenant House provides a complete range of programs from Crisis Care to Rights of Passage and every step in between.
The opening of the first Covenant House door coincided with the opening of its first heart. One night in New York City, during a snowstorm in 1969, a simple Franciscan priest was moved to welcome several youth experiencing homelessness in from the cold. When Father Bruce Ritter made that choice to practice what he preached, he gave hope to youth experiencing homelessness everywhere. Covenant House was formally incorporated in 1972.
Covenant House Georgia opened in 2000 and has since served more than 18,000 youth experiencing homelessness and escaping trafficking in Atlanta.
Today, Covenant House opens doors of opportunity and hope to youth experiencing homelessness and escaping trafficking. We welcome all youth and invite them to learn how to open their own doors, hearts and futures. Our door is open to anyone regardless of race, sexuality, creed, gender or the circumstances that have brought them to our threshold.
Covenant House is more than just a place to stay. It is a belief that we and our partners can do more than feed and clothe. We counsel, mentor, heal, advocate, inspire, and transform. Together we can create a future where no youth is forced to spend the night on the street.